Definition of thick in English:

thick

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Pronunciation: /θɪk
 
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adjective

1With opposite sides or surfaces that are far or relatively far apart: thick slices of bread thick metal cables the walls are 5 feet thick
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  • A scar ran from above his right eye, across his nose and mouth, and ended just below the left side of his thick lips.
  • The burgers they dine on are suitably beefy without being too big, with stacks of thick fries on the side.
  • She looked across her room to the desk on the other side, the thick book on top of it waiting to be read.
Synonyms
in extent/diameter, across, wide, broad, deep
stocky, sturdy, chunky, dumpy, hefty, thickset, beefy, meaty, broad, large, big, bulky, solid, substantial;
fat, stout, plump
1.1(Of a garment or other knitted or woven item) made of heavy material: a thick sweater
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  • So I decided the only solution was to carry my flat boots, hat and thick scarf with me.
  • He quickly dressed in a thick sweater and jacket before walking out of his room.
  • She watched as he buttoned up his thick coat and pulled gloves onto his hands.
Synonyms
1.2(Of writing or printing) consisting of broad lines: a headline in thick black type
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  • On closer inspection, however, the reader would have spotted that the seven columns of adverts were separated by thick black lines.
  • Currently the space for their father on the document is struck through with a thick black line as though he was unknown or the children illegitimate.
  • Her pen drew a nice, thick, black line across a column of handwriting.
2Made up of a large number of things or people close together: his hair was long and thick the road winds through thick forest
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  • He was tall and lanky, with small round glasses and a close cap of thick curls.
  • At the end of the three-hour journey, the thick forests thin out revealing a much-used pathway which slopes abruptly to the bed of a nearby river.
  • Tall palm trees and thick forests of cactuses give travellers the impression that they are staying in a tropical region.
Synonyms
plentiful, abundant, profuse, luxuriant, bushy, rich, riotous, exuberant;
dense, close-packed, concentrated, crowded, condensed, compact, impenetrable, impassable;
serried
informal jungly
2.1 (thick with) Densely filled or covered with: the ground was thick with yellow leaves figurative the air was thick with tension
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  • The air was thick with incense smoke from joss sticks and everyone was eating.
  • The air was thick with grit and smoke, its acidic taste coating the insides of her mouth.
  • The air is often thick with the perfume of jasmine and orange blossom.
Synonyms
covered;
full of, cram-full of, overrun by, abounding in
informal jam-packed, chock-a-block, stuffed, chock-full of
Australian/New Zealand informal chocker
(thick with people) British informal like Piccadilly Circus
2.2(Of the air or atmosphere, or a substance in the air) opaque, dense, or heavy: a motorway pile-up in thick fog a thick cloud of smoke
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  • Rain, heavy cloud cover and thick fog in the area had prompted Albania's prime minister to cancel his own flight to the conference.
  • It simply continued, going on towards infinity until finally the air itself was so thick as to be opaque.
  • They could see an immense mountain that stretched up into heavy thick clouds.
Synonyms
dense, heavy, opaque, impenetrable, soupy, murky, smoggy
2.3(Of a person’s head) having a dull pain or heavy feeling, especially as a result of a hangover or illness: influenza can cause a thick head Stephen woke late, his head thick and his mouth sour
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  • The morning after (now), I have a thick head and my mouth has the usual furry coating.
  • It was late as I was driving home from the bar, my head thick with beer and a variety of mixed drinks.
  • For the last two weeks I have had what seems like the flu: aching bones, a thick head, hot and cold shivers and I've gone off my food.
3(Of a liquid or a semi-liquid substance) relatively firm in consistency; not flowing freely: thick mud
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  • It should have the consistency of a thick paste.
  • My main meal came with well seasoned roasted potatoes, nice firm courgettes in thick tomato sauce, and mildly spiced yam.
  • Cook for a few minutes longer until the lamb and zucchini are both tender and the mixture has the consistency of a thick sauce.
Synonyms
semi-solid, firm, stiff, stiffened, heavy;
concentrated
rare inspissated, viscoid
4 informal Of low intelligence; stupid: he’s a bit thick
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  • Up until then I'd just been branded as the thick, stupid farmer's son.
  • Was he plain stupid, thick or did he just want to die?
  • I used to think it was me being stupid and thick; the teachers used to call me that a lot.
5(Of a voice) not clear or distinct; hoarse or husky: Guy’s voice was thick with desire a snarling thick voice
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  • ‘Pray for your mother,’ he said in a thick voice, quite unlike the one he had just used.
  • ‘This isn't really a good time,’ she hiccuped in a thick voice, roughly smearing the tears from her cheek with the palm of her hand.
  • Her voice was thick, but alluring in some indescribable way.
Synonyms
5.1(Of an accent) very marked and difficult to understand: he explained in his thick brogue a thick French accent
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  • The actors are especially unhappy about the scene where the asylum seeker meets the English girl's parents and they cannot understand a word he says because of his thick accent.
  • Plus, my accent was so thick that it was hard for the teachers to understand me.
  • The guy had spoken with a thick accent which made it hard to understand his words.
Synonyms
obvious, pronounced, marked, broad, strong, rich, decided, distinct, conspicuous, noticeable, identifiable
6 [predicative] informal Having a very close, friendly relationship: he’s very thick with the new master
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  • He seems very thick with him.
  • ‘He has a fair chance of success, too, for he seems very thick with Floyd, and it's a good thing to have a friend at headquarters,’ observed the Colonel.

noun

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The most active or crowded part of something: we were in the thick of the battle
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  • The court was shown a video in which the youth, who cannot be named because of his age, was seen throwing stones at police from the thick of a crowd in White Abbey Road at the height of the disturbances.
  • No distance separates the audience from the actors, who mill on the dance floor in the thick of the crowd.
  • That and their tendency to concede late goals has put Wanderers right back in the thick of the relegation battle, just when things were looking up.
Synonyms
midst, centre, hub, middle, core, heart;
focus

adverb

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In or with deep, dense, or heavy mass: bread spread thick with butter
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  • It can be spread thick or thin with a tool or craft stick.
  • Of course, if you are a native to Kentucky, it is best when spread thick between two slices of white bread for a quick lunch.
  • The snow lay thick upon the graves, and the day was cold and dreary.

Origin

Old English thicce, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dik and German dick.

Phrases

be thick on the ground

a bit thick

British informal Unfair or unreasonable: I thought this was a bit thick and tried to defend myself
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  • I have no idea what the total is for the country as a whole, but again, it's a bit thick to be biting the hand that feeds you.
  • While I have every sympathy with the injured man, it is a bit thick that the Minister for Justice should suggest in this House that every street demonstration is carried out by ‘irresponsible and criminal elements,’ his own words.
  • He sometimes thought it was a bit thick that the soldiers gobbled up everyone's provisions and his mamma was so poor she had to disguise herself as an old, old lady and sell lilacs at the railway station.
Synonyms
informal below the belt, a bit much, off
British informal out of order
Australian/New Zealand informal over the fence

give someone (or get) a thick ear

British informal Punish someone (or be punished) with a blow on the ear or head: if I thought you were serious, I would give you a thick ear!
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  • They are a culinary retreat that harks back to childhood and a time when the world was a safer place and the Home Secretary wasn't waiting to give you a thick ear for not carrying your national identity card.
  • If your dad didn't have a team of lawyers I'd give you a thick ear.
  • Pull the other one John: you're still the same man you were the time you gave me a thick ear for shoplifting.

have a thick skin

see skin.

thick and fast

Rapidly and in great numbers: replies are coming in thick and fast
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  • The allusions flew thick and fast, with novels and novelists summed up with devastating precision and insight.
  • The unauthorised biographies flowed thick and fast, film-school recruitment rose and the academics had a field day.
  • Audiences are larger and younger, classical and contemporary works are pleasing critics and the awards have come thick and fast.

(as) thick as a brick

another way of saying thick as two planks below.

(as) thick as thieves

informal (Of two or more people) very close or friendly: he and Auntie Lou were thick as thieves
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  • In the olden days, Bryan and Justin had been as thick as thieves, closer than brothers, best friends for life.
  • No wonder she and Claire were the best of friends and thick as thieves.
  • ‘He was seven years older than I, but even then, we were inseparable, thick as thieves,’ she said with a soft laugh.

(as) thick as two (short) planks (or as a plank)

British informal Very stupid: that school is where you are sent if you are thick as two planks but sporty
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  • It's like meeting a really handsome bloke and finding out he's thick as two short planks when he opens his mouth.
  • A person can be very good at reeling off facts and figures but can still be as thick as two short planks.
  • Generally, I like ads that don't assume I'm as thick as two short planks and present themselves in a clever and/or funny way.

the thick end of something

British informal The greater part of something: he was borrowing the thick end of £750 every week
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  • Unfortunately in situations like this the need to blame someone comes in and Alec is getting the thick end of it.
  • The timing too was crass, since the increase coincided with MPs awarding themselves an annual pay rise equal to the thick end of a year's entire minimum wage.
  • That is the thick end of a quarter of a billion dollars.

through thick and thin

Under all circumstances, no matter how difficult: they stuck together through thick and thin
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  • We were always there for each other through thick and thin; no matter what happened.
  • She gets her inspiration from her five great friends (though she has more than that), who have stuck with her through thick and thin.
  • I've stuck with the franchise through thick and thin.

Derivatives

thickish

adjective
More example sentences
  • Blend until smooth, then add three tablespoons of oil and about the same of warm water - enough to make a thickish purée. Season to taste and then spoon into a shallow dish.
  • With the machine still running, add enough oil to make a thickish paste (about five to six tablespoons).
  • So he pushed a thickish book towards me, asking me to check if my name was in there.

thickly

adverb
[as submodifier]: thickly carpeted corridors
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  • We walked out of her room and started down the thickly carpeted winding staircase.
  • It took more than five hours to contain the wild fires sweeping over the foot of Mount Parnis, which has a thickly forested national park.
  • Local buses have been travelling around the city thickly covered in grime, attracting complaints from passengers.

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